Blog: On Compassion

Manny Becerra as a child

February 2014

I've been thinking about the power of compassion quite a bit lately, and how I've been very fortunate and grateful to have compassion modeled to me as a child.

“Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family, regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed. Deep down there is no difference.” ― Dalai Lama

As started, I've been very fortunate to have many people in my life that modeled compassion to and around me each-and-every-day, particularly my mom, dad, and my family in Mexico. They practiced compassion to my siblings, with the neighbors, new friends, strangers, pretty much anyone and everyone even individuals that weren't always too kind toward us or all that welcoming, which I want to say and believe made my family's modeled compassion that much stronger, positive and impactful to me as I traversed the teenage years, and eventually adulthood.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. ― Pema Chödrön

Compassion is powerful. Compassion is humanity. Compassion is within you. Compassion is within all of us.

Let's use our individual and collective compassion toward building a better world for all.

Onward.


Manny


I have a passion and successful track-record for creating usable, online, experiences with a focus on and deep appreciation for web standards, modularity, education, accessibility, and inclusion. I build and lead happy, productive and empathetic cross-functional teams within a continuous learning culture. I am a speaker, advisor, community builder and advocate. Learn more.